Our Jets roster countdown now moves on to Dakoda Shipley.
Name: Dakoda Shepley
Year with Jets: 1st
Projected Role: Practice squad candidate as an offensive lineman
His 2017: Shepley played his college ball at the University of British Columbia, a school not exactly known as a pipeline of NFL talent. Canadian football blog 3 Down Nation noted that he took home some honors during his college career.
The University of British Columbia product was a 2017 Canada West all-star at right tackle and won a Vanier Cup with the Thunderbirds in 2015.
Shepley moved from guard to right tackle in that final college season. He worked out at the Eastern Michigan pro day and reportedly impressed NFL teams. Despite being a first round pick in the CFL Draft, he chose to come to America as the Jets offered him a contract as an undrafted free agent.
2018 will be a success if: Shepley makes the practice squad and develops his game. I’ll admit that I don’t know a ton about Shepley’s game, but it probably wouldn’t be wise to expect much more. You generally are in trouble if your team needs to play a rookie undrafted offensive lineman from a Canadian college. This signing was about the future, not the present. The Jets will look to develop Shepley this year.
Odds of making the roster: The Jets reportedly gave Shepley a $10,000 signing bonus, which is a nice chunk of change for an undrafted free agent. This suggests the team likes his potential. I think this gives him more of an inside track for the practice squad than the actual roster, though. I say he is a Longshot (less than 25%).